Good evening, After viewing some of the wonderful builds and pretty much finding a new build thread to binge through daily, I've finally decided to actually document one of my own personal builds. Sometimes I'm really good at getting lots of photos of builds, sometimes we're in such a rush that we don't get to document process well. While I lack much of the skill that most on this site possess, I hope to start this thread to document and share a custom build that I've had in my head for quite some time, as well as showcase some of the other fun happenings and projects that we've got going on in the garage, of which there are many. I hope to share and entertain those following along, as well as receive advise from those wiser than me on this site. The Plan: - Take an early Honda Z50 Hardtail & create a really cool custom for going up & down the neighborhood, car shows, etc. I plan to lower the bike, throw in a crate motor, new paint job (I'm thinking candy root beer), custom bars & custom exhaust. Why? Why not. I have multiple mini-Hondas from stock restoration, to all original, to somewhat custom & this is a build I've been plotting for a while now. Starting Off: I was able to secure some of the essential bits to get this process started from a man that I met via Facebook marketplace that a friend purchased a Honda Mini from 2 years ago. Upon going with my friend to go pick up the early 80's Honda Z50 that he purchased from Matt (Seller), Matt informed me that he had amassed a collection of early Z50 hardtails & had been hanging on to them for years. He told me to get in touch if I ever needed parts or anything. Not looking for anymore projects at that time, I didn't think much of it. Though I did purchase an entire box of NOS Honda ATC leather gas tank covers from him, that I later sold for a hefty profit. Fast forward to several weeks ago & the urge to get this project started caused me to reach out to Matt & inquire if he could throw together a box of parts to get this bike started. Ended up linking up with him the following day & bringing home a pile of parts that I'm sure I paid too much for. Alas - I had what I needed to get started. While it doesn't look like much, because it isn't, it was enough to get me moving & get some needed motivation to get this project underway. When I met with Matt, I was at the tail end of another Z50 build, so the thought of moving forward to get going on this bike provided some extra drive to finish up the existing bike. Here's a quick pic of the most recent Z50 build at the tail end of completion. (All the final steps that I need to complete can be achieved with it & myself in the back of the truck). For the purists - This is not a factory restoration. This bike was built with some spare parts & some mild customization in order to mirror the truck that it is shown in. Getting home from work today & the fiancee' out of town allowed for some garage time with myself, the dog & some cheap cigars. After a bit of futzing, i loosely threw together the parts that I had to get some eyeball measurements on what needed to be done to lower the bike. There we have it, a loosely thrown together hardtail & some wheels. Knowing that I plan to remove the rear axle plates & mount them higher to drop the bike, I thought that it would be helpful to have an engine in the frame to make sure that I don't screw anything up in terms of sprocket alignment. I feel like we are still a ways off from needing to get the final motor for the bike, so I had to get a motor out of a different bike to mock everything up. Fortunately I had an extra engine laying around. Unfortunately it was mounted in my basket-case neighborhood beer cruiser that I had thrown together a bit ago. No love lost, I've robbed parts off of it before, so it knows that it will move under its own power again someday, as it always ends up doing through one bodge job or another. Fun story about this bike - I actually purchased it from a gentleman for around $25 a couple years ago. Friends & I had rebuilt the entire motor & it ran like a top, that motor is now in the red bike shown above. The whole point in this bike was to have a cruiser and run around the neighborhood for as absolutely cheap as possible, the engine rebuild being the only real expense. The rest of it was built as cheaply as possible, using basically all spare parts that I have in the shop from previous builds. The motor that was most recently in the frame is actually an SL70 motor that came in the red bike shown above when I bought it, essentially playing musical motors. Easy enough to pull that engine assembly out & throw it in the "Roller," to check how sprockets & chain alignment will work when moving the axle plates on the hardtail. At this point, I realized that it would be best to actually measure everything if the wheels & necessary spacers were installed correctly. A short call to CHP & I now have new front/rear axles and spacers on the way so that we can be somewhat accurate when getting everything figured out. It was fortunate timing that we were about done for the day, as I received the call that my father's golf cart had a flat tire, and he needed some help pulling it off. (Golf Cart in question below, we had built this several years ago. If I recall correctly, it is a 70's Harley Davidson AMF. Tomorrow, I plan to get back to the garage and see what exhaust parts that I have sitting around to aid in measuring the exhaust system that I plan to cobble together for the Hardtail. My ultimate plan is to to have a low pipe, with a fishtail muffler. Fortunately, I believe that I have a pitbike/horizontal honda clone exhaust pipe that is a low mount that I can cut up & fabricate to achieve what I have in mind. That's why I try not to throw old parts away, you never know what you might need! I hope that everyone finds this interesting and if anyone has any commentary or advice, I would love to hear it from those more experienced than myself. This should be a fun build.